13 mn illegal publications seized in ChinaSeptember 4th, 2011 - 11:49 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, Sep 4 (IANS) Over 13 million illegal audio and video products and print publications have been seized in China during a campaign carried out to protect intellectual property rights (IPR).
Publication authorities carried out the crackdown, which was also joined by other central government departments including the Ministry of Public Security (MPS), National Copyright Administration and the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, Xinhua reported.
According to the General Administration of Press and Publication (GAPP), from October 2010 to June, law enforcement personnel also cleaned up 663 workshops, where pirated music and film disks, softwares, books and other print products were manufactured.
“Our campaign focused on print and copy businesses, online copyright infringement and piracy, supervision on the publication market and investigations into major cases,” said Yu Cike, a senior official with the GAPP.
According to GAPP, 18 major video websites, including youku.com and video.sina.com.cn, have been ordered to report the intellectual property rights authorisation status for all the films and TV series posted on their sites to supervision departments on a quarterly basis.
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